The GOP Hates Gays — They Even Put It In Writing

I knew that Republicans aren’t pro-gay as a rule, but until recently, I didn’t realize exactly how anti-gay they are. Like, that the GOP actively, explicitly hates queer folks and wants us either not to exist or to pretend we don’t. Or they want us to suffer. They want to break up our families, and they want the federal government to explicitly state that the way we love is unnatural and invalid.

Some may think it sounds like I’m exaggerating, that I’m overreacting, getting too worked over some fear-mongering story pumped out by the “lamestream media.” Being gay is, like, totally accepted these days — even Pew Research Center says so! According to its 2017 study on the topic, 70% of Americans said they believe society should accept homosexuality. Hell, even Republicans as a group have come a long way, with nearly half being in favor of same-sex marriage.

So why am I making these radical claims about the GOP being a collective of homophobic shits? Why would I say its members want to destroy the lives of queer folks? Well, for starters: it’s on their fucking website. I didn’t realize this until recently when a friend pointed it out to me.

Their Republican Platform document, created in 2016 and reaffirmed in 2020 via resolution, is a 58-page statement of the Republican vision for the United States. It’s sponsored by the Republican National Committee and has its own page on the official GOP website. Its preamble states that the platform is “a manual for the kind of sustained growth that will bring opportunity to all those on the sidelines of our society.”

To those on the sidelines of our society.

Is any group in the United States more sidelined than the LGBTQ+ community? Of homeless youth, 40% are gay, often due to familial rejection. 30% of adults who are homeless identify as LGBTQ+. LGBTQ+ youth are five times as likely as heterosexual youth to attempt suicide. 40% of transgender adults report having attempted suicide. These tragic statistics are a direct result of the discrimination this community faces. It’s hard to fathom being more “sidelined” than this.

The GOP platform states that it wants to provide opportunity to “those on the sidelines of our society.” And yet, on page 11 under the section “Defending Marriage Against an Activist Judiciary,” the GOP platform states:

Traditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the foundation for a free society and has for millennia been entrusted with rearing children and instilling cultural values. We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which wrongly removed the ability of Congress to define marriage policy in federal law. We also condemn the Supreme Court’s lawless ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which in the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, was a “judicial Putsch” — full of “silly extravagances” — that reduced “the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Storey to the mystical aphorisms of a fortune cookie.” In Obergefell, five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Court twisted the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment beyond recognition. To echo Scalia, we dissent. We, therefore, support the appointment of justices and judges who respect the constitutional limits on their power and respect the authority of the states to decide such fundamental social questions.

Besides the fact that this is the most bigoted bunch of flaming donkey shit I’ve ever read, let’s also address the bald hypocrisy in this paragraph via comparison of two sentences:

“We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which wrongly removed the ability of Congress to define marriage policy in federal law.”

“We, therefore, support the appointment of justices and judges who respect the constitutional limits on their power and respect the authority of the states to decide such fundamental social questions.”

Hey GOP, you bunch of paradoxical half-wits, learn how to present an idea without immediately contradicting yourselves. Do you want congress to be able to define marriage, or not? Shall religion dictate law, or not? At least be consistent with your bigotry, for fuck’s sake.

Every time I read this passage from the GOP platform, I indulge in a gleeful fantasy in which I slap every single Republican across the face. Yes, even friends and family members. Because seriously, people, are you even paying attention? Half of you believe queer folks should have the same rights as non-queer folks. And, according to Pew Research Center, over half (54%) of you also believe that religion should not dictate government policy. Even of evangelical protestants, arguably some of the most dogmatically religious people in the U.S., 43% still think religion should not influence government policy.

And yet here it is, in plain English in your fucking political party’s playbook, that the GOP — and by extension, you — wants to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that protects queer folks’ constitutional right to marry just as you do. What in the tap-dancing fuck are you people on about? There are over half a million same-sex marriages in the United States, caring for and supporting 300,000 children. For the party who claims to be pro-family, y’all sure are trying your damnedest to break up hundreds of thousands of families via the federal government whom you claim ought not to “decide such fundamental social questions.”

I have no doubt that many Republicans who are in favor of queer rights have no idea that this is what they’re supporting. But I don’t forgive this ignorance because for fuck’s sake, people, do better. Just do better. Stop blindly following. Think critically. Read your own damn party’s literature and come to terms with the hate you’re supporting. If you agree with other parts of the GOP platform but not this part, speak the hell up and change it.

My civil rights are not up for you to debate. You will not make flowery statements about bringing “opportunity to all those on the sidelines of our society” and then sideline me by telling me that the way I love is invalid and that I shouldn’t have the same legal right to marry and enjoy all the benefits and protections that come along with that right that you do.

In my view, the worst thing a person can be is a hypocrite. And any one of you who claims to be in favor of equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community but simultaneously supports this political party is a fucking hypocrite. Do better.

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Barack Obama Talks Marriage Struggles, And It Is Everything

Ah, marriage and relationships. They are great. They are fulfilling. But we can all admit they are really freaking hard and take work? I remember watching a talk show once when I was younger, and there was a male celebrity guest (I can’t remember who) who’d been married about four times. He said, “Once a relationship feels like work, I’m out. It shouldn’t feel like that.”

I’ve thought about that a lot over the years. For a long time, because of that damn show, I believed relationships shouldn’t feel like work. I also watched my parents get married and divorced six times between the two of them. I thought there must be something to that — relationships shouldn’t involve work at all. 

But now, after working hard for almost six years to save my own marriage, then getting a divorce of my own, I’ve realized relationships are tough. And some of them are worth fighting for. 

Hell, I’m in another relationship now that’s on the new side, and it takes more work than ever since we’ve both been divorced and have kids.

And if you talk to people, really talk to them, you’ll find they’ve all had struggles in their relationships — even the really, really good ones.

I have a friend who I always thought had a picture-perfect marriage, but I’d never really asked her about it. I’ve come to find out, they have been close to divorcing a few times but were able to do the work and turn it around. Just because someone isn’t airing their marriage troubles (your marriage, your choice) doesn’t mean they aren’t struggling or they’ve never had complications.

When I read about former president Barack Obama’s interview with Oprah about how he and Michelle Obama struggled with their own marriage during his presidency and what they had to do to get back on track, I was like, Yes! This is the stuff we all need to hear about because it normalizes marriage and us all know our relationships aren’t flawed; they are normal.

He told Oprah, “I think a lot of couples understand and have experienced when you’ve got external stress and pressure that in some ways can simultaneously bring you closer together in a marriage, but it can also put strains on the marriage — and our marriage was no different.”

He talks about how he knew his decision to run for President affected her and the sacrifices she made. 

Today shared an excerpt from his memoir and it shook me: there were nights lying next to Michelle in bed when he’d “think about those days when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more constant and our love less encumbered.”

And he goes on to discuss how he was afraid those times were gone forever and they might not be able to get them back.

Now, I realize he was the President and she was the First Lady, but if that doesn’t sound like real life, I don’t know what does.

We’ve all had those nights, those times, when we are with someone we love and we feel the weight of the world and think back to when times were better and didn’t seem so stressful.

It could be after having kids, after getting a more stressful job, or losing a loved one. You might look at the person you are married to and long for those earlier days when things didn’t feel so complicated. It can be such a helpless feeling, and I think there are very few people who are masters at turning it around — it takes work, and it takes two people who are willing to do that work.

Obama says what kept him and Michelle going was communication and “fundamental love and respect for each other and prioritizing our kids.”

What we can all take from Obama — someone who is so smart and distinguished — talking so candidly is this: we all struggle in our relationship regardless of what we do for a living or how we live our life. There is no perfect recipe. You have to realize there are going to be times when it doesn’t feel light and easy and instead of thinking it has to be the end. It can be, of course — in some cases it’s just time to call it quits. But if you feel like it’s an uphill battle, it helps to remember that no one has their shit together all the time. No one.

We need to stop focusing on this fantasy that just because a relationship seems flawless to us, it is. We just don’t see anything but the good parts.

We are all humans who will make mistakes and probably suck at our relationships during one time or another. And if the two of you are willing to work it out, that’s all that matters.

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A Week Before Thanksgiving, CDC Warns Americans To Avoid Travel

CDC urges Americans to cancel Thanksgiving travel plans

Because the state of our democracy is in shambles at the moment, there’s no cohesive message on what to do about Thanksgiving, leaving local and state officials to gently urge Americans to cancel Thanksgiving. There’s been a whole lotta hand-wringing as mayors and governors get on town hall livestreams and basically beg Americans to reconsider their holiday plans for fear that if they lay out mandates, the #FreeDumb crowds will cause a scene. However, the Centers For Disease Control has come out with guidance on the subject and it’s that you should not be traveling this Thanksgiving during this dangerous pandemic.

The CDC did not mandate that Americans refrain from traveling, but strongly encouraged that Americans cancel their travel plans this week and next, citing rising COVID cases. Case in point: 1,707 people died on Tuesday from COVID, the highest death toll for the U.S. in six months.

“It’s not a requirement. It’s a recommendation for the American public to consider,” Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, said on a call with reporters (via NBC News). “Right now, especially as we’re seeing this sort of exponential growth in cases, and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another, it leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time.”

Put more bluntly, Erin Sauber-Schatz, head of the CDC’s Community Interventions and Critical Populations Task Force, simply said, “In the last week, we’ve seen over a million new cases. Thanksgiving is a week away.”

That roughly translates to: We’re in a public health crisis, can you just chill, for like, one year?

The formal guidance on the CDC website simply states that “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19,” and that cancelling your plans is “the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”

Dr. Fauci, on the other hand, told USA Today that his “frustration” with those not taking the pandemic seriously “borders on pain.”

“Get rid of these ridiculous conspiracy theories and realize this is a public health crisis,” Fauci said. “We don’t want to shut down as a nation because of the psychological and economic consequences of that. But we at least have got to be consistent in doing some fundamental things, so that’s what concerns me. We’re in a vulnerable position.”

The good news (well, it’s bad news for the airlines) is that United Airlines just announced “an uptick in cancellations” and a freeze on new bookings for Thanksgiving, which means Americans might actually be listening to science.

Stay safe out there, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

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Kamala Harris Isn’t Promoting Sex Work, But She Should Make It Safer

Because the pearl clutching Trumpers won’t let go of the idea that Democrats are eating babies and running pedophile rings, they have dug up a YouTube video with the title “Senator Kamala Harris Wants To Legalize Prostitution” to further their arguments. I watched the Jesus lovers drop to their knees in prayer (also the same position one may give a blow job, BTW) in the comment section and claim their disgust.

These people can’t see their way through nuance or facts, so they jumped to two conclusions: Sex work is the root of all evil, and Harris is in favor of it. Neither is true. Sex work is real work and the people doing it should be protected. Also, Harris has actually been a little wishy-washy on her stance when it comes to decriminalizing sex work, and many sex worker advocates see her as doing more harm than good when it comes to their safety.

There are a lot of layers to the topic of decriminalizing sex work, but it’s important to understand that by making prostitution criminal, it makes it unsafe for the people who are assumed to be prostitutes or who are selling their bodies out of want or need. I know the argument is that if sex work is unsafe, then people shouldn’t do it; that would solve all of the problems, right? However, that’s not how life works. Prostitution is considered the oldest profession, and will likely be the one that survives until the end of time. People are going to fuck for money whether you think they should or not. Plenty of sex workers enjoy their work and others use sex as their last resort to support themselves. Others are forced into it because of sex trafficking. Without protections in place, we can’t “save” anyone, and protecting people—yes, even the coerced victims—would be to stop criminalizing sex workers.

Here is where Harris “promoting prostitution” comes into place. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t. The SESTA/FOSTA legislation was meant to protect people from sex predators and stop sex trafficking—both of which I agree with—but it also eliminated the ability of sex workers to use online platforms to meet clients; this had allowed sex workers to vet the people they would be meeting. Harris was one of the co-sponsors of the SESTA/FOSTA anti-sex trafficking legislation. Public accountability made sex workers safer. A 2017 study from West Virginia University and Baylor University found a 17 percent drop in rates of homicide against women, which correlated to Craigslist having an Erotic section.

When Harris was attorney general in California, she was active in shutting down Backpage.com, a site that allowed ads for sex workers and was used by escorts; it had kept sex workers safer because the site was used predominantly by people doing consensual sex work. Unfortunately, like any platform, Backpage.com was used for sex trafficking, and Harris focused only on the safety of those victims instead of realizing how many other victims she created. One would think leaving a digital trail would make it easier to catch actual sex criminals, but instead sex workers went back into the dark along with the traffickers who would find other ways to do their damage. In an interview with The Root, Harris said she is open to seeing sex work decriminalized, and this is what is giving fuel to the Bible beaters and Trumpers.

Sex advocates and sex workers aren’t confident in Harris and think she will only partially criminalize sex work, meaning she would punish the people, mostly men, making money off of sex work. This is called the Nordic model because it has been used in many Nordic countries, but it’s not enough. Partial decriminalization is not likely to make sex workers safer.

Too many people buy into the idea that police officers are meant to protect and serve all citizens—they are meant to keep us safe. I hope we all know by now that the police system was built on racism and is still infected with systemic racism. Too often, power comes before protection with police officers, and that is always self-serving. Because sex work is illegal except in Nevada and licensed brothels, cops exert their power and extend their racism to prostitutes. This adds to the mass incarceration of Black people, queer people, and Black transgender women. LGBTQIA+ folks make up a large percent of the homeless population because they were kicked out of homes, lost employment, or were rejected by the church because of their identity. LGBTQIA+ folks often rely on sex work as a means of survival. Transgender women, specifically transgender women of color, are at a high risk for murder.

Police often abuse sex workers by threatening to arrest them unless given a sexual favor or they arrest a sex worker when they report a crime done to them by a “john.” Sex workers are also at risk for being harassed or arrested by the police for having condoms on them. Cops use condoms as evidence of a crime, rather than a form of protection against STIs and pregnancy. Often a sex worker will avoid health care because of the stigma surrounding their work or because they can’t afford it. Since sex work isn’t legal, workers don’t have access to employer health insurance or other benefits. Instead of wondering how the system failed someone who needs to sell sex to survive, criminalizing prostitution adds to the harm done to those without options.

So before you get all judgy and demand people find Jesus to save their souls from damnation while posting headlines that only appeal to your bias, do some research. Challenge what you think you know and ask yourself what would be best to protect the people you claim to be praying for. Confirmation bias can barely be used in the case of Harris and her stance on prostitution. She is not promoting prostitution, but it seems like she is willing to make changes to ultimately protect sex workers while punishing sex criminals—yes, the two are different—and that’s a good thing.

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Doug Emhoff Is Quitting His Job To Support Kamala Harris When She Becomes VP

Doug Emhoff is set to leave his job as a lawyer to support his wife’s role as VP

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are set to make history when they step into their duties as President and Vice President at the end of January, but their spouses are also breaking all sorts of barriers and shattering stereotypes. Jill Biden has previously said that when she assumes her First Lady duties, she’s not going to quit her day job teaching at a community college (as she did when Biden was VP), which would make her the first FLOTUS to keep her full-time job. And Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff is going to leave his private law practice to focus on his role at the White House, and yassss, normalize stay-at-home husbands! Equality starts in the home, even if that home is the White House!

A spokesperson for Harris and Emhoff told the AP that come inauguration day, he will cut ties with DLA Piper, his private law practice, from where he’s actually been on a leave of absence since Harris joined the Biden campaign over the summer. Emhoff hasn’t officially selected his title, though Biden has referred to him as the “second gentleman.” Also, Emhoff is already breaking boundaries by becoming the first Jewish spouse of a president or a vice president.

Between Emhoff and Dr. Jill Biden, this is one modern pair of political spouses. During an interview with CBS in August, Dr. Biden — an English professor who holds a doctorate in education and kept teaching throughout her eight years as Second Lady — said she had no plans to ditch her job when her husband becomes president.

“If we get to the White House, I’m gonna continue to teach,” she said over the summer. “It’s important, and I want people to value teachers and know their contributions, and lift up the profession.”

Emhoff, on the other hand, has worked as a lawyer for most of his life, and is still working with the transition team on what causes he’ll support and tackle in the White House. For example, Mike Pence’s wife Karen promotes art therapy and focuses on military families.

“We’ve been waiting for this sort of gender switch for decades now,” Kim Nalder, a professor of political science at California State University-Sacramento told the AP. “There is a lot of symbolism from a man stepping back from his high-powered career in order to support his wife’s career.”

It’s progressive, it’s awesome, and the country is ready for a second gentleman with big “wife guy” energy in the White House.

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NYC Will Now Send Mental Health Experts Instead Of Police To Certain 911 Calls

New York City’s new mental health teams will now respond to mental health crises — not ill-equipped cops

It may have felt literal years have passed since the unjust and tragic death of George Floyd, but it’s been a mere six months; and since, the May 25 killing has sparked national outrage and nationwide protests, with many calling to defund the police. And one of the aims of the defund the police movement? Sending mental health experts — instead of ill-equipped police officers — to respond to 911 calls that are both mental-health related and nonviolent. In response, one major U.S. city — where at least 16 people struggling with mental health issues have been fatally shot in the last four-and-a-half years — is finally making said move.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that the city will now respond differently to New Yorkers experiencing mental health crises. Beginning February 2021, the new Mental Health Teams of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) health professionals and mental health crisis workers will now be dispatched through 911 to respond to mental health emergencies in select communities.

“This is the first time in our history that health professionals will be the default responders to mental health emergencies, an approach that is more compassionate and effective for better long term outcomes,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray in a prepared statement.

According to the city’s press release, the new Mental Health Teams will take the place of NYPD officers and FDNY Emergency Medical Services Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), who currently respond to nearly all mental health 911 calls. The new Mental Health Teams will not only use their physical and mental health expertise and experience in crisis response to de-escalate emergency situations, but they will also help reduce the number of times police will need to respond to 911 mental health calls. The Teams will respond to everything from behavioral health problems such as suicide attempts, substance misuse, and serious mental illness, to physical health problems.

In situations involving a weapon or imminent risk of harm, however, the new Teams will respond with NYPD officers.

One in five New Yorkers struggle with a mental health condition. Now, more than ever, we must do everything we can to reach those people before crisis strikes,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “For the first time in our city’s history, health responders will be the default responders for a person in crisis, making sure those struggling with mental illness receive the help they need.”

Of course, the new program was has been met with some criticism.

According to Patrick J. Lynch, president of Police Benevolent Association, the NYPD’s largest union, the program will “undoubtedly put our already-overtaxed EMS colleagues in dangerous situations without police support.”

“We need a complete overhaul of the rest of our mental health care system, so that we can help people before they are in crisis, rather than just picking up the pieces afterward,” the PBA statement reads. “On that front, the de Blasio administration has done nothing but waste time and money with ThriveNYC and similar programs. We have no confidence that this long-delayed plan will produce any better results.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Kamala Harris’s Ceiling Shattering VP Acceptance Speech Was Feminist AF

Kamala Harris honored black women, the suffragettes, and her mother in a history-making acceptance speech

On November 7, 2020, the country celebrated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and on Saturday night after a day of joy and partying, Harris and Biden took to the stage in Delaware to signal the end of the election. While another VP-elect might be expected to focus their victory speech on their running mate, Harris spent her time onstage honoring the women who made this night possible for her. She honored the women who shattered glass ceilings before her, she honored her mother, and she honored all the Black women whose presence in this election fundamentally changed democracy. It was the most feminist election acceptance speech ever.

Harris, now the first woman and first woman of color to be elected Vice President, waltzed onto the stage to the tune of Mary J. Blige’s “Work That” in a suffragette white power suit with a pussy bow. Harris honored “all the women who have worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century,” but most importantly, she honored her late-mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris.

“When she came here from India at the age of 19, she maybe didn’t quite imagine this moment,” Harris said. “But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible, and so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women, who throughout our nation’s history, who paved the way to tonight, women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all.”

Harris then turned her focus to Black women, who she said are “too often overlooked but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy.” Case in point: Black women like Stacey Abrams, who tirelessly worked to get out the vote in Georgia, flipping it blue for Biden and proving that Georgia was never a red state, but a voter-suppressed state and now a battleground state.

Harris thanked our new President-elect Biden for “the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exist in our country and select a woman as his vice president,” and while we applaud Joe Biden, the ally, this historic feat is all Kamala and the women who made this possible for her.

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“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris shared. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

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CNN’s Van Jones Tears Up Over Biden Win: ‘It’s Easier To Be A Parent This Morning’

Van Jones’s emotional CNN speech about Biden’s win goes viral

The second it was annonuced that Joe Biden had won the presidency, the U.S. erupted in celebration. But amid the popped champagne bottles and the triumphant and peaceful marches though the streets, CNN’s Van Jones’ took a beat, on air, to truly memorialize what it means that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are set to lead this country. Speaking directly to the public and coming to tears at one point, Van Jones said, “now we can breathe.”

“It’s easier to be a parent this morning. It’s easier to be a dad. It’s easier to tell your kids that character matters. The truth matters. Being a good person matters,” Jones told the audience.

 

“This is vindication for a lot of people who have suffered under this administration,” Jones continued. “If you’re Muslim in this country, you won’t have to worry about the President not wanting you here. If you’re an immigrant, you won’t have to worry about your babies being snatched away. If you’re a Dreamer, you won’t have to be worried about getting sent away for no reason. When George Floyd was murdered, he said ‘I can’t breathe.’ Over these past four years, too many of us have felt like they couldn’t breathe.”

Worse still, Trump has emboldened racists, has rallied them, and that is terrifying. Jones says that a Biden presidency won’t be so “exhausting.”

“Going to the store while people get nastier and nastier as they become less and less afraid to show their racism makes you tired,” he says. “Being worried about if your sister can just go to Walmart and get back into her car without somebody saying offensive something to her — it’s not okay.”

And what about Trump’s lack of accountability? How a very bad man continues to fall upwards, continues to avoid punishment? We impeached this man this year and it seems like it didn’t matter. But now, in a Biden presidency, Jones said he can show his children that decency matters again.

“The character of the country matters again,” he says. “Being a good man matters again. I want my sons to look at this and understand: it’s easy to do things the cheap and easy way. You can get away with that for a while. But eventually, it comes back around. That’s a good thing for this country.”

It’s true that some people have felt Jones has been too soft on Trump in the past, so take his message today how you will, but it’s hard not to agree with his final words, which is that today, the day that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris secured their spot in the White House, “is a good day.” You can read the transcript of the CNN commentator’s full speech here.

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Twitter Is Reacting To Joe Biden Winning The Election

Twitter erupted after hearing the news of Joe Biden’s election win

After quite a long week of anxiously awaiting the results of the most important election of all of our lifetimes, America finally got the news today that Donald Trump is no longer our president — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election after the state of Pennsylvania was called earlier today for Biden. Of course, social media erupted with reactions from both sides — but the only ones we’re concerned with are the happy ones because we’re done giving Trump and his supporters any air.

The reactions ranged from heartfelt…

…to humorous.

Of course some of us are just feeling a tad smug and petty. It’s ok — after four long and horrendous years, we’ve earned it.

But the celebrations in the streets might be the best of all. It truly feels like an anvil has been lifted from America’s chest. We can breathe again — and it’s downright amazing.

Celebrations Erupt Around The Country After Biden And Harris Win

Honking horns, dance parties, masked-up crowds — the people are celebrating the new President-elect

After four years spent enduring the Trump administration, the people finally have reason to celebrate! Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are moving into the White House and the 74 million-plus people who voted for them are now laughing and dancing and cheering in the streets to celebrate this historic win and signal the end of the Donald Trump era.

PBS is live-streaming the scene outside the White House on the recently renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, where demonstrations have consistently taken place in the last few months. The area is now filled with joyful cheering and celebration as D.C. is finally getting a new first family.

Unfortunately, Trump wasn’t at the White House on Saturday to see the crowds as he was golfing in Virginia at the time, because of course he was.

The country patiently watched Pennsylvania all week as they counted the votes, with Pennsylvania’s mail-in voters finally giving Biden the electoral edge he needed, so naturally, Biden supporters flocked to Philadelphia to celebrate. Note all the masks, because Biden supports know what’s up when it comes to COVID safety.

In New York, people who were previously going about their day erupted into spontaneous cheers when they heard the election news.

And banged pots and pans from their high-rise windows.

One lady in Brooklyn hosted her own solo flash mob.

The joy is infectious on this monumental day. Basically, at 11:30 AM EST, you could expect cars honking all over no matter where you were in the country. Well, probably not in red counties, but you sure as hell heard the honks of joy in places like Philly…

…and Atlanta, Georgia — who are celebrating much more than a Biden presidency, but the fact that Georgia might now become a blue state after all.

But the best celebration video of all was seeing Kamala Harris get THE call. Calm, cool, collected, and ready to stand side-by-side with Biden and get this country back on track.

These videos and celebrations are so joyful, but more than that, they let Donald Trump know how the public really feels about his presidency. Despite his best efforts to wield lawsuits to attempt to reverse the election results, these celebrations send a clear message and it’s that it’s over, you’re done, Donald.

We may not have gotten the election night victory many hoped for, but it’s happening now. After four long years and a tense week filled with what felt like glacially-slow counting, Joe Biden is the president and Kamala Harris is his VP. It’s a combination of elation and relief. Bbr while I go outside and high five my neighbors.

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